Let’s hope not, but there has often been a link between a nice big juicy steak or hamburger and many different types of diseases, not the least of which are breast cancer as well as some other types of cancer. Red meat consumption is off the charts these days.
Environmentalists are telling us to scale back because cow’s actually contribute to global warming when they let the gasses escape their bodies that are made when they consume their grains and grass, and doctors seem to always be telling us to consume less to not only help decrease our odds of different types of disease but also often to help us keep weight off and manage a healthy weight on the scale.
So what’s the bottom line? Is there really any hard core, studied evidence that red meat indeed contributes to your risk of breast cancer?
The answer is two fold. A recent study suggested that while older women may not see a boost in their risk of breast cancer from eating more red meat, younger women who have eaten a lot of red meat may see an increase in their risk, not only in their younger years, but also in their older, higher risk years for breast cancer.
It seems that a common sense diet worked best. What shocker! If you think about it, women who tend to not consume a whole lot of red meat probably have other health habits that are better for them anyway.
The study showed that women who consumed a lot of poultry, pork, legumes and veggies had a lower risk than women who tended to eat a lot of red meat. This can likely be due to the lower fat content of this type of diet though if you think about it.
Poultry and many cuts of pork tend to have low fat while a lot of cuts of red meat tend to have higher fat content. This may explain some of the risk. Women who have a higher BMI, or body fat content, tend to have a higher risk of breast cancer due to the excess estrogens that accumulate in the fat.
Also the way the meat is cooked can make a difference. When red meat is charred, the carcinogenic effect goes way up since this process creates chemicals that can contribute to cancer.
When it comes to my red meat consumption, I try to just use common sense. I don’t eat huge amounts at one time, and I do tend to limit my meat consumption in general to only dinnertime so that I’m not weighing my body down with all that protein all day long.